Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- What’s Happening in April-
This New Moon promises amazing and quick renewals! Because it’s conjunct Mercury and Chiron, this is a healing month where we are guided to our Soul through seeing “the flight of the wild goose,” the Hamsa which is how we find eternal enlightenment. Welcome to a vision of the “flight path of your Soul."
introduces a new focus wherever we have 12 Aries, which is an energy of our individual spiritual Self seeing the parallels between our worldly power and our spiritual freedom. Healing, mentoring, being mentored, and reinterpreting old experience in the light of new meaning are all featured the next four weeks. We are all called “to read the tea leaves” leading us to rewards from Spirit so we may begin our training in “picking up and delivering spiritual power,” with our “mid-term exams” coming in May and June.
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An Overview of the New Moon
Today we’ll do an overview of the Lunation and some of its primary qualities. In part 2 we’ll cover Sabian Symbols, aspects, distributions, and patterns.
This initiating, inspired, extraordinarily spiritual New Moon at 12 Aries occurs at 11:24 pm PDT March 31, 7:24 am BST on April 1. With Aquarius and Pisces still very strong, this is a “three note chord” of tight clusters of energies. The former two preserve the momentum of the emerging Aquarian energies, even as we continue to feel the vast field in which we all exist, bringing forth compassion, empathy, and an occasional need to forgive and bless the endings, allowing them to wash down the stream of time.
At the same time those two energies are strong in our collective experience, this entry into Aries is the first time we’ve had this much “inspired Fire” in many months! This energy is strong, courageous, self-confident, and gets things in motion, so look to this time for the birth of many things. Just be compassionate and as gentle as possible, since Aries tends to act first and consider later!
This Spring marks the end of the end of a long wave cycle, so don’t be confused if you feel inspired, uplifted, deep, overwhelmed, and launched all at the same time. As with the last New Moon in Pisces, Jupiter conjunct Neptune continues our lessons in surrender, releasing the past while showing courage and trusting our emergent intuition and “non-local” knowing. The next four weeks continue to blend past, present, and future, and may seem strange due to the push-pull between Jupiter/ Neptune in Pisces and the Aries stellium!
This New Moon will jumpstart Aries energy wherever it falls in our chart. Wherever we have Aries will be a focus of activity, so accept your blessings via Mars and have courage as you’re shot out of the cannon of life into the free and clean flight of the Soul. As Aries is a Cardinal sign, this Lunation begins a month of self-initiated movement in diverse directions and equally diverse areas of life. Rewards are coming from Spirit to help you prepare to utilize spiritual power in the future.
A Look Back - The Great Compression in Capricorn Still Affects Us
In the first 90 days of 2020, we had a “Great Compression” of planets involving Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all making conjunctions in the last decan of Capricorn, setting off a number of Saturn cycles, one of which will last 33 years! We then began an accelerated phase of our collective spiritual evolution which will take us from the threshold of the Age of Aquarius into the Age itself.
You can find out more about the very powerful Sun, Mercury, and Saturn's conjunctions with Pluto by revisiting The Great Compression of January 2020 – Mercury, Sun, Saturn and Pluto all Conjunct in Capricorn. That lays out the long wave patterns set into motion then.
Because of the Capricorn conjunctions set in motion in 2020, we reorganized our lives wherever we have late Capricorn in our charts. These cycles will impact all of us for some time to come. Especially with three Jupiter conjunctions with Pluto that year, it’s easy to see that for better or worse things were “expansively purified.” All that was promised by these cycles was renewed in late February and early March as Venus and Mars transited all the conjunction points.
When Mars conjuncted Saturn at 1 Aquarius on March 31, 2020, it set a cycle into motion which began to expand into a global system at the December 2020 Grand Mutation. That Jupiter/Saturn conjunction launched both a new 20 year Aquarian cycle AND a new 200 year era of Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions in Air signs. That means no more of the materialism of the past 200 years, with more of a focus on our commonality and ability to share ideas over the next 200! All of this began a new expression when Venus and Mars made their conjunction on that point in early March.
Saturn in Aquarius is leading us to understand a more timeless role to play to help create a better world. What is your purpose? What structures and self-disciplines do you need to fulfill the ideal of that purpose? We began work on those structures in 2020 which led us to a greater vision in 2021. As Venus and Mars are both conjuncting Saturn at this time, we begin a new sense of how to fulfill our purpose and vision.
Occupied Signs and Oppositions
Because of the transits all within the outer planet occupied span, we won’t have inner planet oppositions to Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, and Uranus for many months to come. Of course, if we have planets in late Cancer, late middle Leo, late Virgo, or mid-Scorpio we are going through some VERY long wave outer planet oppositions, with potential for very high awareness of how to ground new ideals, new public expression, and new ways to related to your larger spiritual group. The various types of the “Tension of Opposites” involved in those signs will come to the fore as the recent Eclipses take away old Gemini, Cancer, Sagittarius, and Capricorn patterns, allowing newer ones to take shape.
The Sun/Moon Sequence and Its Shifts
There are two patterns: one with the Sun in the same sign as the Sun in the following Full Moon (New Moon between 1-15 degrees of a sign), and one with the Sun in a different sign than it’s in at the following Full Moon (New Moon between 16-30 degrees of a sign). I term these the “Natural” pattern and the “Alternate” pattern, since the Natural pattern shows a continuity of the Light, whereas the Alternate pattern bridges the Light across two signs.
Six months ago we began a new pattern of the New Moon Sun being in the same sign as the following Full Moon Sun. Each pattern has its importance in the Soli-Lunar sequence, and now we no longer “bridge the Light” across two different Light signs in the Lunation cycle. This month’s New Moon is at 12 Aries, and the coming Full Moon will be at 27 Aries/Libra, indicating that the Light of the seed forms of the New Moon will be illuminated in the same sign energy two weeks from now.
The New Moons and Full Moons are “God’s footprints in time.” Each shows the next in the 12 phases of how things come to be each year. The cycle could be described as follows: Life energy is initiated in Aries, substantiated in Taurus, explored in Gemini, grounded in Cancer, renewed and creatively expressed in Leo, refined and ordered in Virgo, balanced and made pleasing in Libra, purified and focused in Scorpio, expanded in Sagittarius, organized in Capricorn, solidified into a vision in Aquarius, and ended/perpetuated in Pisces.
Jupiter and Saturn
This is the sixteenth New Moon of the Saturn in Aquarius era which will last until the New Moon of February 2023. We are now early in the third year of the cycle set into motion at its rare and very powerful conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn in January 2020, with a current Aquarian influence due to Saturn.
Taking a look back, 2020 brought us a “cosmic visitation” which “galvanized us into action” to “escape from adverse conditions.” That year Nature challenged us to listen, look, and learn that we are not separate from Her, and evaluate what parts of our Self-disciplines and duties work and which ones didn’t.
The lesson of 2021 involved learning a technique of spiritual acceleration by getting a vision, a plan, and a time to begin whatever will short cut the time needed for expanded awareness and effectiveness. Saturn has been teaching us “the way within to outer success,” with a promise of “direct accomplishment.” These began to be realized in January 2022. Its direct station in October 2021 indicates we’ve been in a period of “new mutations based in Cosmos” coming forth, unrelated to past or local conditions. In other words, it’s safe to say we have had a lot showing up since October which is a fresh “emanation” from Spirit.
One of Saturn’s divine qualities is understanding as a prelude to wisdom. With Jupiter’s transit through Aquarius leading the Saturn transit, Saturn is tracking what Jupiter opened. As Saturn traverses the span where Jupiter has danced, it will crystallize its understanding of what that span of experience is about, and how we can use it wisely if we find the right structure and discipline.
Having finished our experience of the Jupiter in Aquarius era, we’re now immersed in the vast Piscean ocean which Jupiter calls home. Aquarius gave us a new level of awareness, and now we’re learning how to feel it more deeply. We’re definitely on a 20 year journey into Aquarius experiences based in the two 2020 conjunctions of Mars/Saturn and Jupiter/Saturn at 1 Aquarius.
Also remember Jupiter conjuncted Pluto three times in 2020, setting long wave transformational energies into motion at 23 and 25 Capricorn which will be in play through 2033. These conjunction themes have been renewed by the transit of Venus and Mars over these degrees, and now that Venus and Mars conjuncted at 1 Aquarius and conjunct Saturn in late Aquarius, we’ve begun yet another set of global Aquarian energies which will come forth over the next year.
So What Rules the Lunation?
This New Moon in Aries has Mars as its worldly ruler, and Pluto as its spiritual ruler. Mars is in Aquarius, conjunct Saturn in its home sign. That makes Saturn the ruler of the Lunation. This month, though Jupiter and Saturn continue to share power on the stage of Life, Saturn re-claims most of the power behind the scenes.
The Lunation, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto are all ruled by Saturn. That makes Saturn the dominant energies ruling how these other planets express the sign they’re in. Jupiter rules itself, as does Neptune, the spiritual ruler of Pisces, is in its home sign, continuing as a longwave “standalone” dispositor of itself, ruling the fogs and mists of the current collective consciousness. So we have three planets in their home signs, or “final dispositors,” this month. You can find out more about dispositors in general, chains of dispositors, and mutual reception by going to dispositors and Mutual Reception at the link.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn is a heavy influence at this time of the year and has begun to bring us “cosmic mutations” constituting a fresh emanation from the universe, it plays a large part in ruling the social and cultural cycles in our lives. It will continue to dominate the stage of Life for many months and even years to come, so if you haven’t already gotten a copy, please give yourself the timeless gift of my book, Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. We all need to make friends with our inner Saturn if we would claim our power to fulfill our higher purpose for being alive as Spirits in the material world.
This book shows you the way to take command of your power to steer your life in a conscious way, using Saturn’s strengths and skills to be led to mastering life on our own terms. As Saturn is such a dominant energy at this time, by owning our ability to manifest the best of Saturn's virtues in our world, we take command of our destiny and become the living purpose we were born to make manifest!
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will assist your understanding of how your life experiences assisted your Soul growth and power to turn away from unhelpful karmic cause and effect patterns. Each time you re-read any part of it you’re sure to find undiscovered gems of insight helping you throw off attitudes which frustrate your ability to live your higher Purpose on your own terms.
Is the Grand Irrationality A Factor in this New Moon?
Because this section is so long, I created an article which explains what it is, how long it’s been in effect, and which signs have been most impacted and when. You can find all you need to know about this configuration associated with widespread irrationality and hard-edged “forks in the road of destiny” we’ve all confronted at various times by going to The Grand Irrationality. (I’ll be updating it soon.)
With this Lunation the Uranus biseptile Pluto is still in orb with Jupiter activating the configuration by making septiles to both Uranus and Pluto and a conjunction to Neptune. This pulls together the Neptune/Pluto energies of the First Grand Irrationality, and the Uranus/Pluto energies of the Second Grand Irrationality.
Expansive Jupiter is now teaching us all to be as compassionate and tender as we can be at this “final fork in the road of destiny” with turning points, decisions, and crucial developments over the next few weeks as Venus and Mars make those same aspects. This configuration is behind the generic irrationality in collective consciousness, and in this New Moon, it’s triggered in a big way!
The configuration is also activated when the Moon transits any of the 7 “hot zones,” as well as when planets make 7th harmonic angles to Uranus and Neptune. This configuration is associated with the 7-pointed “Star of Destiny” active at this hard edge in history. Because at this time Uranus and Neptune are constant factors in the configuration, it keeps nonrational energies in play for those with a planet or point in any of the 7 affected “hot zones” near 28 Capricorn-2 Aquarius, 20-24 Pisces, 11-15 Taurus, 2-6 Cancer, 23-27 Leo, 15-19 Libra, and 6-10 Sagittarius.
Neptune in Pisces and Chiron in Aries
I have offered this segment each month for years to give you a broader perspective on the collective atmosphere, and the long wave changes humanity is going through. Because this section has gotten so large over the years, I’ve decided it deserves its own article, which I’ll update as needed.
If you’re wondering about why we’re all navigating the fogs and confusions in the collective atmosphere, or why we’re healing into our Higher Self in a different way that we used to, when you’re done here please check out Neptune and Chiron in 2022 – Long Wave Collective Healing and Mentoring.
In that article I go into detail about the Chiron-Neptune conjunction in late Aquarius, and how each of those planets have manifested in Pisces. Now that Chiron is in Aries, we truly are mentoring and being mentored in a much different way than we were when Chiron was in Pisces! Please check out the article to know more.
In this chart, Chiron is at 13 Aries, the degree where it went stationary retrograde in July 2021. Through Chiron’s mentoring and teaching us how to heal into our Higher Self as a result of “the stirring up of a new perspective” and “a new identity suddenly revealed.” We’ve been learning not to be impatient as our new identity took its time to develop and ground itself in its own potency. You can find out more about those themes by going to Astrology Healing Cycles - Chiron Stationary Retrograde at 13 Aries.
We now begin to move solidly into Chiron’s healing and mentoring energies in the second decan of Aries. This will help us get a new understanding about how we’ve “reinterpreted old images in a new light of understanding” since the 2020 Mars/Chiron conjunction at 10 Aries. You can find out more about the themes of 10 Aries at Astrology Healing Cycles - Mars Conjunct Chiron Stationary Retrograde at 10 Aries. These two Aries energies dominate the current Chiron expression.
Neptune continues to take us deeper into Pisces, and now is beginning its long term stay in the last decan, ruled by Scorpio with an added dose of Mars. This is “the end of the end” of the 360 degree “Whole Cycle,” and so encompasses all of the ghosts and unfulfilled mysteries of this past 150 year cycle since it was last here. It also allows us to purify and forgive much of the past and move into a deeper compassion regarding suffering humanity.
Having heard our inner voice, “taken a walk with our wisdom,” and received our promised nourishment “at the end of our day of labor,” we’ve now learned entirely new ways to “touch and be touched,” whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. Since last Summer, we’ve all been awakened to an expanded tactile awareness, giving us more of a kinesthetic experience of learning. You can learn more about the primary and secondary methods of how we learn all we learn by going to The Seven Different Types of Learning Styles – Pt. 1 and The Seven Different Types of Learning and Teaching Styles – Pt. 2
This New Moon shows Neptune direct at 24 Pisces, the degree where it went stationary retrograde in June 2021. Since then, we’ve learned to sense our connection with self, others, and Source, and understand our freedom to be happy in “building our own world,” with a sense of our interrelatedness with others in our spiritual field. This expanded “non-local knowing” will become another long wave collective pulse when Jupiter conjuncts Neptune on this degree in mid-April.
The North Node
This is the third New Moon with the North Node in Taurus and the South Node in Scorpio. For many months we’ve been pulled to grow through our quest for knowledge and understanding demonstrating our ethical and spiritual values, and now all that changes! The coming 4 weeks indicate the line of greatest development is related to being able to assert our expertise, or command over some personal or interpersonal effort. Mobilize while taking protective measures against overly aggressive people. During the time when NN is in Taurus and SN is in Scorpio we must examine the meaning of value and substance in our lives, letting go of stagnant emotions and obsolete things.
Summing Up - The Big Picture
The Capricorn conjunctions of early 2020 continue to condition the long wave cycles unfolding since then as we continue to use those structures to fulfill the emergent Aquarian energies. Jupiter is now racing through Pisces after its time in Aquarius, having opened infinite potentials which will be actualized over the next 20 years. What Jupiter opened in 2021, Saturn will crystallize in 2022 and 2023, with major transfigurations to come in 2023.
We are in a time of learning to spot “seed forms” to make our expression more precise and efficient. We’re in a time of vast feeling-connections and feeling-perceptions, opening us to a wider experience of life’s Oneness. Be cheerful as you “balance your mountain of baggage,” since this is helping us overcome any inertia we may have struggled with during the time of the squares from Aquarius to Taurus.
Continue to achieve closure on your fears of the unknown, and remember at this time we’re all in training to be more effective in utilizing forms of spiritual power during the second half of this year. The learning began at Jupiter’s direct station last September, and now Saturn will bring structure and form to that training.
As Jupiter is about to complete its race through Pisces in a few weeks, use this time to see how you’ve expanded your feeling-awareness and compassion so you can be a more effective spiritual agent in the future. We continue to be in a time of receiving rewards from Spirit for our courage and willingness to rise to some occasion as a prelude to events this Autumn of challenges and “exaggerations of our life problems” which will expand us.
Summing Up – The Immediate Picture
This Lunation brings the Light of seeing our Soul trajectory, and understanding the images of our past must be seen in a new light of a wider angle of Soul expressing itself through the personality. This one helps us understand the seed forms of what is yet to come while showing us Venusian signs of things to come the rest of the year. The coming weeks holds a promise of rapid development, new inspired ideas and things to be done, and rewards for demonstrating expertise and the ability to manage feelings or social interactions.
We now have to show courage and strength in honoring the path of our greatest personality alignment with our Soul’s vision of its part to play in the greater good. This is a powerful new initiative in playing the new Spiritual role we’ve accepted this past year. We can now “see the Light” how to further the Aquarian vision we’ve seen and been following for over a year. Accept the continued new expressions of a global energy unrelated to anything of the past or any local condition or tradition. This is a time of accepting experiences we haven’t seen before!
Continue to ride the waves of a gigantic future opening to you wherever you have Aquarius in your chart, welcoming the new, the promise, the protection, and the adventure. Remember enlightenment is a verb, not a noun, and our connection with the World Soul allows us to act in harmony with “All That Is.”
Even though the long term conflict between the old and the new is not yet completed, take heart, get focused, and continue to eliminate all you no longer need or which would block your happiness. Because of our total immersion in Aquarian energy in 2021, we’ve received innovative ideas and know who our spiritual allies are. In the past year we’ve broken away, broken free, and broken through whatever used to block our flow. We approach a new cooperative era, and the next few weeks will give us valuable insights about what can stay and what must go.
We’re still becoming more conscious of our interrelatedness within the spiritual field and moving through an immersion in a new sensitivity to the generic human condition. The new era dawning will show us that we are in fact individual sparks of Light within an infinite ocean of Light. We are not separate from any other thing, since all things are Light and therefore we are one with All.
This is the beginning of the beginning of a new 200 year era. The powerful forces being released at times may be chaotic, violent, intractable, and irrational, but there is power in our unified vision of a better future. Stay clear about what your vision is, and let go of all which prevents you from flying free with your Spiritual Brothers and Sisters into a better future. Keep the course steady despite the compressed tensions of this time, and know we’re on our way into the future together!
See you soon with part 2, which will cover Sabian Symbols, Jones patterns, element distribution, and a whole lot more!
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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